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Christopher T. Metz, Chief Executive Officer

Christopher T. Metz is Chief Executive Officer for Vista Outdoor Inc., a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the outdoor sports and recreation industry. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has well-recognized brands providing consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for the outdoor enthusiast.

Metz has more than 25 years of experience leading high-performing companies and brands in the consumer and durable goods industries. Before becoming Vista Outdoor’s CEO, Chris served as the president and CEO of Arctic Cat from 2014 to 2017. Prior to Arctic Cat, he was managing director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity firm. Prior to Sun Capital, Metz worked for Black & Decker from 1992 to 2005. During his tenure with the company, he was president of the Hardware and Home Improvement Group from 1999 to 2005, and held various leadership positions including president of Kwikset Corporation, president of Price Pfister, president of Baldwin Hardware, and general manager of European Professional Power Tools and Accessories, during which time he lived in Frankfurt, Germany.

Metz serves on the boards of Central Garden & Pet Company, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and on the corporate advisory council for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Delaware and earned a master of business administration degree from the Kenan Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Metz is an avid hunter, angler and cyclist.
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